Nissan is working with the Ministry of the Environment in Japan on a program that seeks to lower contributions to global warming by advancing green technology, and under the government initiative has developed a prototype vehicle that can charge stranded electric cars.
The Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) is currently using the new roadside service vehicle at its Kanagawa branch, located roughly one hour south of Tokyo. As you might expect, the JAF is trained on Nissan’s mass-produced Leaf which, according to CNET, comes with a $6,500+ option package in Japan that includes free towing.
Although the Leaf’s 100 mile range should be enough for a variety of drivers as long as they charge the car each night, it’s inevitable that people will run out of electric power before making it to a charging station. We’ve noted similar range extension programs, one in Switzerland and another in Australia, as well as here in the United States for the Smart Fortwo.
The expansion of customer services for green cars is certainly encouraging, however, and it’s important to note that Nissan isn’t the only one globally thinking about this. A roadside EV idea is currently being hatched in Australia as well.